Level 6 Ports & Shipping Operational Strategy Training Courses | IoSCM
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IoSCM Supply Chain Awards 2nd November 2023

Level 6 – Ports and Shipping Operations Management

  • Unrivalled support from the first phone call.
  • Choose how you study, pass units and gain your accredited qualification.
  • First class course materials designed by industry experts.

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The IoSCM Level 6 Ports and Shipping Academy is dedicated to helping those within the ports and shipping industry who are a senior management role with this course allowing students to study a flexible range of units and develop skills in ports and shipping and other supply chain areas.

Course Introduction

Guarantee success in your industry with IoSCM. We offer every student much more than just a qualification; we provide the opportunity to grow, learn and progress as a professional with our unrivalled support network.

As with most supply chain sectors, the roles and responsibilities of those in a Ports and Shipping position can be varied. IoSCM’s Ports and Shipping Academy enables those in industry to develop their skills through bespoke distance learning courses.

You can custom build the IoSCM Level 6 Ports and Shipping qualification in order to meet your career ambitions, current job specification or objective of your employer.

This qualification is industry recognised across the globe. The IoSCM level 6 ports and shipping course was designed and developed by industry experts to provide first class study materials that meet National Occupational Standards (NOS). It also guarantees that we’re the best qualifications on the market.

What are National Occupational Standards?

The NOS framework specifies the UK standards of performance that people are expected to achieve in their work, and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively which are approved by UK government regulators.

Essentially, meeting the NOS framework means that with IoSCM you will learn exactly what is required in order to be successful in your job role and become a more valued asset than someone completing a more academic based programme.


Through completion of this IoSCM Level 6 qualification, you’ll receive an internationally recognised certification from IoSCM in Ports and Shipping.

As well as this, you’ll be awarded an industry recognised qualification, Level 6 in Supply Chain and Operations from SFEDI Awards, who are the Ofqual regulated Awarding Organisation.

What is Ofqual?

Ofqual is the government organisation that regulates qualifications and the organisations which offer them, maintaining standards and therefore confidence in education across England.

Because we’re Ofqual regulated you can be assured that every single qualification we produce is of high-quality, valid and fit for purpose.


The IoSCM Level 6 in Ports and Shipping is of the same level as a Bachelor’s Degree but studied in your own time, at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home.

The Level 6 is recognised and much sought after by employers and businesses. It gives you realistic, industry-specific knowledge and skills that is entirely tailored to you and the sector, giving you the best chance of gaining employment in the ports and shipping sector.

You can study around your current commitments and still save time and money in comparison to a full time or classroom based course. If you’d like to find out how an IoSCM Level 6 qualification in Ports and Shipping can be significantly more beneficial to your career, give our expert Course Advisors a call today on 0800 1422 522.

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Course Information

Is this course suitable for me?

Regardless of your ability, current level of education or the way you prefer to learn, we can custom-build a qualification to suit you.

We have a range of study methods available including NVQ style assessment, traditional academic routes and distance learning courses to ensure you’re study in the way that give you the best possible to chance to pass.

  • Do you currently work in the manufacturing industry? Ask us about our Work Based route.
  • Do you have previous experience of working in the industry? Ask us about our Experience route.
  • Do you have an academic background? Ask us about our Research and Reference route.
  • Are you completely new to the industry? Ask us about our Online Study route.

For further information on how our study methods can help you pass first time, it’s a good idea to speak to our team of highly-trained Course Advisors.

They can explain each method clearly and simply, helping you identify which study route would be best suited to you.

Call us now for a free, no obligation, consultation on 0800 1422 522.


Designed for students who would like to develop key skills and knowledge required to move into a supervisory management or team leader role and improve operational efficiency.

Take a look at our full unit list in the next tab.


You’ll gain access to a customised learning platform in which you can take mock tests, utilise a huge library of resources and interact with other students across the globe.

As well as unlimited first class materials, there are self-assessments available online show the results immediately to give you direction on what you’re doing well and what you might need to take another look at.

You can take and retake the practise self-tests as many times as you like. By doing this, we’re  increasing your confidence in your ability to succeed and therefore, also ensuring you pass first time.


Because IoSCM qualifications can be studied entirely online, you can study in your own time and in the comfort of your own home.

You can revisit materials and resources as often as required, simply log in to your personal learning platform. We do however, offer free monthly face to face or online workshops for you to attend if necessary.

We understand that every individual is different, so we encourage you to learn at your own pace and in a way that suits you.

If you have any questions regarding this course, you’ll probably find the answer here. Alternatively, you can give our expert team of Course Advisors a call on 0800 1422 522.

As well as the extensive support available on our online learning platforms from your peers and other students, upon enrolment you’ll be assigned a Student Support Liaison. Your dedicated point of contact will handle all enquiries or issues throughout your studies and acting as your personal mentor.

You’ll also have unlimited support, guidance and feedback from our team of industry expert tutors.

It couldn’t be easier to apply for an IoSCM ports and shipping qualification with the UK’s leading provider of industry qualifications.

Simply contact our Course Advisors today on 0800 1422 522.


We tailor every single qualification to the individual, including our payment methods. Finance shouldn’t be an issue that prevents you from furthering your career. We have a range of ways to fund your qualification including interest free credit and monthly instalments. We can assess the best method for you during your consultation call.


IoSCM are confident in the standard of our qualifications, the delivery of our curriculum and the support from tutors and mentors combined with your hard work; we know it will lead you to success, first time around. So much so, that we can guarantee that if you are unsuccessful in the passing of your course, we will offer you a second opportunity to achieve your qualification free of charge.

Secure your guarantee by contacting our Course Advisors today on 0800 1422 522 for a free, no obligation quotation. Alternatively, you can leave us an enquiry or drop us an email on info@ioscm.com


You will gain skills in specific areas of ports and shipping depending on the units you choose to study.

The flexibility of our unit selection means you can customise your qualification so it is entirely tailored to you. Choose units that will benefit your current role or those that will give you the skills required to take your career to the next level.

Award, Certificate or Diploma?

Our qualifications are available as three different sizes, depending on how many units you choose and therefore, how long it will spend studying.

  • Award: Consists of one Group A unit and is the shortest available qualification.
  • Certificate: Complete one Group A unit and two additional units (either Group A or Group B), providing you with solid knowledge.
  • Diploma: More in-depth and comprehensive, you’ll study one Group A unit and also choose three additional units (either Group A or Group B).
  • Extended Diploma:To gain the extended diploma you must complete Group A unit and also choose three additional units (either Group A or Group B).

GROUP A UNITS – Click each unit for further information

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Effective Supply Chains: The major requirements of a supply chain, Designing a supply chain
  • Meeting Strategic Objectives of an Organisation: The drivers of the performance of a supply chain
  • Value of 3PL and 4PL: Value to customers
  • Cause of Supply Chain Failures: Strategic (long term) and operational (medium to short term) planning
  • Developments in Information Technology: Supply chain evaluation tools

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Internal and External Environment: The structure of an organisation, The immediate operational environment – internal and external
  • Operating a Marketing System: Types of markets; product, factor or free markets
  • Financial Documentation: The supply, demand, pricing of products and how business deals with elasticity in demand, Assets and liabilities
  • Change Management Processes: The need for change including scouting, scoping and implementation of change and positive and negative factors which influence change

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Key Requirements of Logistics Management: Customer requirements, lead times, distribution networks, communications, cost implications, added value activities
  • Setting up a Logistic Operation: Hub and spoke operations, outsourcing, locations, transport legislation, technology, equipment
  • Benefits of Different Transport Modes
  • Methods of Rationalising Logistic Operations: The benefits and risks associated with rationalisation activities, distribution networks, route optimisation
  • Technology in Logistics: 3PL and centralisation of activities, Software application to support the centralisation of processes, Route optimisation software, vehicle management system, RFID and EDI applications

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Managing Operations and People: How operational processes transform inputs (suppliers, raw materials, data, etc.) via processes into outputs (customer requirements)
  • Operational Strategy: Operational strategy and how it is required to be designed to meet business strategy
  • Managing People and Change in the Work Place: The effect of change management programmes in the work place
  • Methods of Managing Capacity: How businesses manage capacity, location and layout, quality, operational scheduling
  • Operational Scheduling and Process Management: Operational control, loading sequencing, scheduling, materials requirement planning, manufacturing resource planning, just in time operations and optimised production technology
  • Managing Quality: Quality conformance, quality principles and theories, Methods of minimising cost of quality

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Shipping and Globalisation: Global trends and the trade-offs in cost/sourcing, Global ports and requirements of future port operations
  • Value of Operating and Agile Ports: Components of an agile port, advantage and disadvantages, Methods utilised in an agile port to link transportation modes
  • Resource Requirements: Advantages of specialised equipment, limitations on the equipment and resources available in port operation, Limitations of land use, location, resilience within the national operation structure of port operations
  • Containerised Shipping Operation: Intermodal and transmodal networks, Sequencing of movement of containers

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Production: Components of the production function
  • Requirement of Product Design and Production Strategy: Product life cycle, product strategy, research and development, product design, design services and organising product development
  • Location, Layout and Productivity of Manufacturing: Facilities location, facilities layout, work measurement and individual and organisational productivity
  • Forecasting, Planning and Scheduling of Production: Forecasting demand, planning production, scheduling production, economic order quantity model planning and controlling projects
  • Purchasing and Inventory Management: MRP I, MRP II, the purchasing function, expediting, a standard purchasing system, just in time management system

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Purchasing Environment: Environment scanning, Purchasing environment to determine strategy for changes
  • Purchasing Strategy: Cost leadership, differentiation or focus, Alternative strategic direction
  • IT in the Purchasing Process: Management information systems
  • Supplier Assessment and Performance Rating: The tendering process
  • Support Tools for the Purchasing Process: Desk and field research

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Warehouse Requirements of Business: Need for warehousing, Customer needs
  • Warehouse Layout for Specific Business Needs: The types of warehouse layout
  • Important Considerations of a Warehouse Location: Types of logistic operations
  • Services of 3rd Party Distributors: Review of core competencies against the need for internal/external third party logistics

GROUP B UNITS – Click each unit for further information

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Balance Sheets, Income Statements and Cash Flow: Interprets assets and liabilities – distinguish between market and book values
  • Cost vs. Value of Developing a Project: How a business values and monitors profits vs. cash flow, Capital budget
  • Financial Analysis and Impact on Short and Long Term Business Plans: Conduct financial statements analysis, Long term and short term financial planning, sources of short term financing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Mergers and acquisitions, economies of scale, combining resources, Financial benefits of mergers, risks of mergers

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Responsibilities of HRM: The role of HRM as a specialist function, The contribution of the HRM function
  • HRM Processes and Practices: Human resource planning
  • HRM and Performance Management: Increase line manager responsibility for HRM, Performance management systems
  • Methods of Managing Employment Relationships: Turnover and retention of staff, Management role in employment relations
  • Reward Management: Talent management and recruitment methods

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Strategic Importance of Creating an International Supply Chain: Drivers of international freight movement
  • Multimodal Freight Movement Operation: Physical flows and processes required to move products
  • Legislation of the International Movement of Freight: Legislation requirements of each mode of transport when moving freight across borders, International control bodies
  • Alternatives to Moving International Freight: Freight forwarding agencies, 3PL, strategic warehouse placement, Collaborative business opportunities for the movement of goods

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Strategic Role of Inventories: Inventory supports the following organisation objectives; quality, speed, dependability, flexibility and cost
  • Inventory Cost on Business Performance: Types of inventory buffer, Costs of placing orders
  • Managing Order Levels: Reorder point and re-order level, economic order quantity and economic batch quantity/lot size
  • Inventory Control: Continuous and periodic review models; time interval model, make to order, assemble to order, make to stock, independent and dependant demand

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Process of Management Activities: Planning of organisation objectives and goals
  • Impact of Leadership and Management Techniques: Styles of leadership and how they impact the organisation
  • Risk Management: Risk management processes and how they can be aligned to strategic objectives
  • Organisational Cultures: How an organisation may change of develop specific culture and what may be the benefits and challenges to the implementation
  • Factors Impacting Time Management: Factors that influence time management, target setting, work sequencing delegation and the development of a time management strategy

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Characteristics of Quality: How to map a typical organisation process against functionality, appearance, reliability, durability recovery and contrast
  • Quality Management Systems: Implementation, How customer requirements are transformed into customer satisfaction by the following elements of a quality management system; resource management, management responsibility, product realisation and measurement of process improvements
  • Total Quality Management Systems in an Organisation: TQM techniques, Adding Value for Customers, Creating a sustainable future, Developing organisational capability, Harnessing creativity and innovation
  • European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Excellence Model

10 Unit Credit Values

  • Transport Planning and Economic Development: Transports linkage to the economy, Planning consideration
  • Transport within a Supply Chain Infrastructure: The challenges each mode of transport presents
  • Methods of Trip Distribution Modelling: Risks associated with changes to distribution networks, The merits of distribution models, The effects of employing route optimisation software models
  • Effective Transport Policy
  • International Movement of Freight: Legislation, customs requirements, role of freight forwarders and the appropriate choice of mode of transport

Jobs and Progression

With the achievement of each level, you will expand your earning potential and evolve your career. The job titles become more prestigious and the salary grows as your continue your professional development.

Speak to us today about our progression routes on 0800 1422 522.

Our expertise

IoSCM’s Tutor Team are an amalgamation of some of the industry’s finest talent. All experts within their field, the team provide preparation for your distance learning experience, assistance with your qualification and support you during each unit. Because we have tutors specialising in every sector of the industry, we have a strong perception of the requirements needed to succeed and progress within every field.

IoSCM Level 6 Ports and Shipping Tutor

20+ Years in Ports, Shipping, Import and Export

  • Dedicated Tutor and Trainer for Over 10 Years
  • Level 7 Qualified
  • Education in Training Level 5 Certificate

“I’m passionate about supporting our learners throughout their distance learning journey. The level of support we provide, teamed with our customised approach and flexibility, guarantees success.”

You’ll receive unlimited 1 to 1 support, guidance and feedback from IoSCM’s industry expert tutor team, with communication through a range of methods including Whatsapp, Skype, Facetime, text, email or phone call.



Don’t just take our word for it, we’re trusted by thousands of businesses who have employees studying our distance learning courses, in 101 countries across the globe. From entry level personnel to senior managers, we’re securing the future of the ports and shipping industry by delivering fully accredited UK qualifications.



Our network of expert expands beyond our tutors. Opportunities to network worldwide is available through the IoSCM Members’ Area, allowing you to build professional relationships, share experience and expertise with other professionals and organisations on a global scale.

Becoming a Member of the Institute of Supply Chain Management provides students and businesses with access to a range of services designed to support professional development and maintain high standards within the industry.

Business Enquiry

Are you looking for training for your employees? Contact our Business Development team to discuss how IoSCM can create the perfect training package for you.

Our Business Development team are highly knowledgeable in the Supply Chain industry, with years of experience and proven success in guiding and advising organisations worldwide towards the best suited training for their requirements. Our team work with you, establishing an understanding of the current skills and knowledge of each team member along with the organisations development needs, to recommend a tailored supported training package for you and your team.

Benefits to Business

  • Dedicated, tailored business support
  • Assistance every step of the way
  • Learner Updates created for your business
  • Access to external support and resources in collaboration with IoSCM
  • One to one support for each and every member of your team
  • Group Learning available

Bespoke training available – take advantage of the full flexibility of IoSCM.

Corporate Membership

Created to support companies and organisations of all sizes, IoSCM Corporate Membership will advanced the capabilities of your business. With various grading of Corporate Membership available, you can access the professional resources, benefits and industry expert support suited to your business. Click here to find out more.

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"I chose level 6 Diploma to increase my knowledge in this field and to progress my career. I felt the course best suited my needs; the flexibility allowed me to tailor the course for exactly the areas I’m interested in and I can fit it around my full time job.

I find the course material very relevant and applicable to the real business world which is important. The assignments guide you into summarising the research in your own words. Feedback on assignments is quick and the course overview helps you keep track of your progress.

Based on my experience I would definitely recommend the course to others; my knowledge and skills are expanding as my course progresses. I am already able to apply a lot of what I’ve learnt to my role as Stock Controller at Choice Shops. The optional units have allowed me to select the areas with Supply Chain Management in which I see my career developing."

Penny Sayce, Stock Controller

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